Fifth conviction for noisy neighbour

A NOISY neighbour will have his stereo seized after notching up his fifth conviction for playing music too loudly.

Graham Smith, 24, of Southwater Road, St Leonards, did not turn up for his hearing at Hastings Magistrates Court earlier this month, but was found guilty in his absence of causing a noise nuisance.

Magistrates fined him £387 and ordered him to pay £500 in compensation to one of the victims.

The court also authorised Hastings Borough Council (HBC) environmental health officers to seize his stereo.

It is the fourth time Smith has been prosecuted over playing music too loudly at his current flat and he has been slapped with more than £2,500 worth of fines, costs and compensation orders.

The most recent prosecution took place after he failed to comply with a noise abatement order served by HBC last summer.

His landlords at the Brighton Housing Trust (BHT) also took out a an anti-social behaviour injunction against him which forbids Smith from behaving in a way likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to anyone in Southwater Road, playing music that can be heard outside his house and owning any equipment which can play loud music.

Smith was also prosecuted for similar offences at his previous address, another BHT-owned property in Wellington Square.

In June 2009 he was fined £600 and ordered to pay £288 in court costs.

Cllr Phil Scott, lead member for environmental services at HBC, welcomed the magistrates’ decision.

He said: “I am pleased that the court has dealt firmly with this persistent offender.

“I hope that this will act as a warning to others that Hastings Borough Council is not prepared to tolerate behaviour which causes misery to others.”